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Clarinda Police chase, but are eluded by, a prowler


August 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police in Clarinda were involved in the foot pursuit early Sunday morning, of a person suspected of being a prowler. Police Chief Keith Brothers says his officers responded to a report of prowler in the area of the Clarhaven apartment housing complex on west Willow Street. During a search of the area officers became involved in a foot pursuit with a white male in his late teens or early twenties. The suspect managed to elude the police and was not apprehended. The incident remains under investigation.

In other news from the Clarinda P.D., Chief Brothers says officers investigated a shoplifting incident at the Alco Store, Saturday.  Store staff reported that an unknown female had shoplifted a fold up bed valued at $400.00 from the store. The incident remains under investigation.

Late Friday night, Clarinda Police  responded to a report of a disturbance and fight in progress at the City of Clarinda softball field complex. Officers were able to diffuse the situation that stemmed from an altercation during a slow pitch softball tournament game and no arrests were made.

And, on Friday, personnel at Johnson Tire & Muffler in Clarinda, reported that two 26-inch, ten bolt, yellow John Deere wheels to a combine implement, had been stolen from outside the business sometime during the early morning hours. The wheels are valued at $800.00. The incident remains under investigation.

Better than Anything Dessert (8-7-12)


August 7th, 2012 by Stacie Linfor

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 small can crushed pineapple
  • 3 oz. instant pudding (any flavor)
  • 3 bannanas, sliced
  • 8 oz. whipped topping
  • coconut
  • chopped pecans

Bake cake as directed in a deep 9×13 inch pan. When cake is done and still warm, poke holes in top with wooden spoon handle. Heat pineapple and sugar together. Stir until dissolved. Pour over cake. Prepare pudding mix according to directions. Pour over cooled cake. Cover with bannanas. Put whipped topping on top. Sprinkle coconut on top. Top with pecans.

Unexpected Company Ice Cream Dessert (8-7-12)


August 7th, 2012 by Stacie Linfor

Toast chopped pecans in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. Cool. Roll balls of vanilla ice cream in pecans. Keep in freezer until ready to serve. Place in attractive dish, spoon hot fudge sauce over and serve. Can make own hot fudge sauce or heat up chocolate syrup. Could use other flavors of ice cream if desired. Like a hot fudge sundae only more elegant.

Woodbine celebrates its downtown


August 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The City of Woodbine, in Harrison County, celebrated a ribbon cutting ceremony in their historic downtown Monday night. In the last 18 months, Woodbine welcomed 13 new businesses and 35 new employees to its 3 by 3 block Main Street District while renovating 25 historic buildings into energy efficient storefronts, office spaces and upper-story apartments. On Monday night, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds attended the ribbon cutting ceremony. Branstad said the transformation in Woodbine was phenomenal.

He said the community had a lot of old buildings that were falling down. The Main Street program, he says, helped to make it something that everyone can be proud of. Branstad says Woodbine should be an inspiration to other towns.

A crowd of close to 300 people witnessed a photo re-staging of a 1911 Chautauqua “Big Doings in Woodbine Town” streetscape scene complete with period costumes, horse and buggy and automobiles ranging from back in the early 1900s all the way to a brand new John Deere tractor. The ribbon cutting ceremony finished quite a long day for Governor Branstad. His day began in the Guthrie County community of Panora, and included lunch featuring Iowa’s Best Burger, in Coon Rapids, as well as a stop in Audubon, and finally, Harlan.

The Governor will travel through northwest Iowa today starting in Onawa this morning.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

7AM Newscast 08-07-2012

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August 7th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Iowa’s smoking cessation program gets national accolades


August 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Almost one in five Iowans smoke and a program to help them quit is getting new accolades. A survey of Iowans who smoke finds 83-percent wish they could quit. From that figure, Operation 83 was launched. Lori Mein, a nurse practitioner at the Mercy Clinic in Des Moines, says they work with Quitline Iowa to give smokers the necessary tools.

Smokers who come to the clinic can get one-on-one counseling, while those on Title 19 Medicaid may qualify for three months of medication that can ease the transition to a smoke-free lifestyle. Operation 83 is being featured in a new publication, “Staying Well,” from the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network. Seven months after completing the program, up to 24-percent of clients weren’t using tobacco. Only about four-percent of smokers without support could say the same. While she’s a lifelong non-smoker, Mein says she’s lost several family members to smoking, though it wasn’t to lung disease or cancer, but heart disease.

The latest figures from the CDC find just about 19-percent of Iowans smoke, or 429-thousand people. That’s slightly above the national average. Tobacco use is blamed for killing more than 44-thousand Iowans every year. Learn more at “www.quitlineiowa.org” or call 800-Quit-Now.

(Radio Iowa)

Omaha school board votes to retain president


August 7th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Omaha school board has retained its president. The board voted 8-4 Monday night to keep Freddie Gray as its leader. She was under fire over the Nancy Sebring case. The board hired Sebring, the superintendent of the Des Moines, Iowa, school board, in April to replace John Mackiel, who retired. Sebring abruptly left her Iowa job in May. She lost the Omaha job after emails to a lover on her district computer became public. At issue was whether board members thought Gray acted appropriately by withholding information about Sebring’ resignation in Iowa. Board officers are elected by majority vote and serve for a year. Gray took the position in January. The board action came after 90 minutes of public comment and board discussion.

Iowa crops continue slide in hot, dry summer

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August 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s crops continue to decline as the drought tightens its grip on key farm states. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 49 percent of the corn crop is in poor to very poor condition. Last week, it was 46 percent. Just 16 percent is rated good or excellent. The USDA says 37 percent of the soybean crop is in bad shape. That compares to 30 percent a week ago. The dry summer is also taking a toll on Iowa’s pastureland, with 86 percent rated poor or very poor. Storms arrived late Friday and Saturday with over 2 inches of rain in eastern Iowa. The statewide average for the week was 0.62 inches, or two-thirds of the normal. Audubon got 0.01 inches of rain, ending a streak of 41 dry days. In Atlantic, we received just one-tenth of an inch of rain Saturday, ending our dry streak of 37 days. 

CB Woman Arrested in Montgomery Co.


August 6th, 2012 by admin

A Council Bluffs woman was arrested in Montgomery County Monday afternoon.  The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says at about 2:40, 30-year-old Catherine Hausen of Council Bluffs was arrested for violation of probation.  Hausen was held in the Montgomery County Jail on $800 bond.

2 arrests in Mills County, Saturday


August 6th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports two arrests over the weekend. Saturday night, 27-year old Nicholas John Horgdal, of Henderson, was arrested on a warrant for Failure to Appear. His bond was set at $2,000. Earlier that same day, 32-year old Timothy Eugene Truhlicka, of Malvern, was arrested on 2nd degree theft, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Meth), and Interference with Official Acts charges. His bond for those offenses was set at $8,000. In addition, Truhlicka was wanted on a warrant out of Pottawattamie County, for violation of his probation, which carries a $10,000 bond.